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Approaching Language Variation through Corpora

A Festschrift in Honour of Toshio Saito

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Shunji Yamazaki and Robert Sigley

This book is a collection of papers using samples of real language data (corpora) to explore variation in the use of English. This collection celebrates the achievements of Toshio Saito, a pioneer in corpus linguistics within Japan and founder of the Japan Association for English Corpus Studies (JAECS).
The main aims throughout the collection are to present practical solutions for methodological and interpretational problems common in such research, and to make the research methods and issues as accessible as possible, to educate and inspire future researchers. Together, the papers represent many different dimensions of variation, including: differences in (frequency of) use under different linguistic conditions; differences between styles or registers of use; change over time; differences between regional varieties; differences between social groups; and differences in use by one individual on different occasions. The papers are grouped into four sections: studies considering methodological problems in the use of real language samples; studies describing features of language usage in different linguistic environments in modern English; studies following change over time; and case studies illustrating variation in usage for different purposes, or by different groups or individuals, in society.

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Notes on Contributors TERUHIKO FUKAYA is a Professor of English Linguistics in the De- partment of Foreign Studies at Sugiyama Jogakuen University, Nago- ya, Japan, where he is also Dean of the School of Cross-Cultural Studies. His current main research interests are in corpus linguistics, discourse analysis and systemic functional grammar, in particular the grammar of evaluation in English and Japanese. He has also published and presented widely on corpus-based descriptive grammar, colloca- tion and phraseology of English, and has been a member of the JAECS steering committee for the past ten years. He is currently involved in a research project on large corpus-based studies of English constructions and their methodological accountability. SEBASTIAN HOFFMANN is Professor of English Linguistics at Trier University. He received his doctoral degree from the University of Zurich, where he also worked for several years. Before moving to Trier, he spent three years at Lancaster University (UK) as Lecturer in Eng- lish Linguistics (2006-2009). His research predominantly focuses on the application of usage-based approaches to the study of language. Recent research topics include: syntactic change, as in Gram- maticalization and English Complex Prepositions: A Corpus-based Study (2005); tag questions; the lexico-grammar of New Englishes; and corpus linguistic methodology involving Internet-derived data. He is a co-author of BNCweb, a user-friendly web-interface to the British National Corpus, which also forms the basis for his textbook (with Stefan Evert, Nicholas Smith, David Lee and Ylva Berglund-Prytz) Corpus Linguistics with BNCweb – A Practical Guide (2008). MASAHIRO HORI, Ph.D., is a...

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